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Amber Strocel
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The tradition of the official summer Slurpee:
Traditions start in a lot of different ways. Some of them are passed down to us – like Christmas trees and birthday cakes and making jack o'lanterns on Halloween. Others are started on purpose, like a picture you take of your child every year on their birthday or an annual visit to a special ...
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Of poetry, portfolios and teacher training:
Recently I re-embraced my adolescent love of writing poetry. Many of them are written just for me, but others are for sharing. And so, a blog series is born. And now, here is my latest poem. I am finishing up my teacher training and my minor is in environmental education.
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This is me at 40:
You guys, today I turned 40 years old. 40. Years. Old. It sounds significant to me because I'm entering a new decade of my life. But also because I remember my mom turning 40. I remember my mother-in-law turning 40, for Pete's sake. I had already been dating her son for two years at the time.
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A springtime poem:
Recently I re-embraced my adolescent love of writing poetry. Many of them are written just for me, but others are for sharing. And so, a blog series is born. And now, here is this month's poem. I realize it has been more than a month, but you know, that's life. I wrote this one last year, ...
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March has been full of, well, everything!
March has been a month of highs and lows for me. I experienced some of the most stressful days of my life, when I was trying to balance the busiest parts of being a student teacher with still being a passable mom and not entirely losing myself in the process. There were family outings to pick up ...
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My poem of the month, inspired by an outing with my kids: http://strocel.com/poem-of-the-month-penguin-costume/
Recently I re-embraced my adolescent love of writing poetry. Many of them are written just for me, but I have written enough that are not as personal and I'd like to share some of them. And so, a blog series is born. These aren't necessarily my deepest poems, but I do enjoy each of them.
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The summer of the broken arm:
My kids' last day of school was yesterday, which makes today the first official day of summer vacation. We have nothing to look forward to but two months of fun in the sun. Or, at least, we did. But then my seven-year-old son Jacob fell off our bannister and broke his arm and all those plans to ...
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11 year old girls feel all the feels:
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Ah, the sibling relationship!
The sibling relationship is something unique and special. I have a younger sister myself, so I understand the dynamic that can evolve, in which you both adore and are highly annoyed by your sibling. I also see it with my own two children. My daughter Hannah is 11 now and my son Jacob is seven ...
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Being a teacher is totally the best:
My student teaching journey has rounded a corner. It feels good. student teacher whistle My practicum is over (and I miss my students so much). My final reports have been signed off on. My portfolio is complete. My job applications are submitted to the school districts I most want to work in.
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Student teaching can sometimes be hard, but I'm working on keeping my confidence up:
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I have chosen my word for 2016! 
For the past number of years I've been choosing a word at New Year's to represent what I wanted to bring into my life in the 12 months ahead. In 2011 that word was space. In 2012 I chose clarity. In 2013 I chose presence. For 2014 my word was forgiveness. And for 2015 I chose strength.
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Aspiring Math Teacher, Writer, Erstwhile Engineer
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  • VancouverMom.ca
    Managing Editor, 2011 - 2014
  • Crafting my Life
    Creator, 2011 - 2012
  • ArtsConnect
    Webmaster / Social Media, 2009 - 2012
  • Eastman Kodak
    Firmware Engineer, 1999 - 2009
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Female
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Green mama, writer, dreamer, sometimes student, wife, Vancouverite.
Introduction
I write, I dream, I parent, I podcast, I knit, I sew, I garden, I try to be green. My floors are sticky, my husband is awesome, and my cat has been in a bad mood since 2003. Once upon a time I was an engineer, and I built technology. Now I'm building a life and working towards my goal of becoming a math teacher.
Bragging rights
I am a whiz-bang cartwheeler.
Education
  • Simon Fraser University
    Engineering Science, 1994 - 2000
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